- Suggested retail price: $175
- Thursday, December 1 (for as long as it lasts), we're pouring one ounce for $6
Caol Ila is one of my favorite Scotches on the planet. I drink a lot of extraordinary things in my life, but even a guy like me has certain go-to favorites. I favor whisky from the Island of Islay, and certainly my favorite distillery on the island is Caol Ila. It's almost always done in a very peaty (smoky) style. The maritime salinity combines with the smoke in an unusual way that is signature Islay.
Well here we have an unusual bottling indeed! Rarely does one see an unpeated Caol Ila. This is one such rare bird. It was released as part of a special program of unusual bottlings by the parent company, this bottling was distilled in 1998 and matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks for 15 years before being bottled at an intense cask strength of 60.3%.
It will be interesting to see the pure minerality and sweetness that is the signature of Caol Ila without the smoke.
We will open one bottle at 6:30 precisely. I hope you will join us.
Next Week in The Spirits Project
Caol Illa 30 Year Peated